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The Kingston Road Village Concert Series continues with a capella group Countermeasure on Friday, Feb. 12.

Presenting a program called Be My Valentine, the 14 vocalists, led by composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, will cover a mix of pop, jazz, and contemporary music, highlighting the wide range of music that can be created by the human voice.

Countermeasure has performed at concerts and festivals around the world, and recently toured North America and Europe. Member and general manager J-M Erlendson was raised in the Beach.

Tickets are $20, or $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under. Proceeds go toward church repairs. Kingston Road United Church is at 975 Kingston Rd.


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Xia Quartet

The Viola concert series continues with Xia Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Xia is Toronto Symphony Orchestra violist Theresa Rudolph, violinist Shane Kim, cellist Joseph Johnson, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Uchida. The quartet began with Rudolph and Uchida meeting while both were mentors at the National Academy Orchestra of Canada in 2013. Johnson and Kim came on board, and Xia was born in late 2014.

Xia Quartet will perform an hour-long show at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Seicho-No-Ie Centre, 662 Victoria Park Ave., just north of Danforth and across from the Victoria Park subway station. Admission is $20, or free for children under 12. Proceeds go toward the centre’s renovation project. Please bring a non-perishable food bank donation.


Acoustic Harvest presents A Special Tribute to Rosemary Phelan, hosted by Jason LaPrade, Acoustic Harvest soundman and Phelan’s husband.

Jason LaPrade and Rosemary Phelan
Jason LaPrade and Rosemary Phelan

Phelan passed away from ovarian and breast cancer last May, and her musical friends will gather to pay tribute. Performers include LaPrade, Eve Goldberg, Allison Lupton, Jane Lewis, Tannis Slimmon, and Adam Warner.

The singer, writer and poet (she wrote under the pen name Mari O’Faolain) has sung everything from Mozart in the Royal Conservatory to blues in dusty bars. Working in the wilderness before becoming a community nurse in the city, her life experience came out in her music as a solo artist, in a duo with LaPrade, and in ensembles.

A remixed and remastered version of Phelan’s limited 2009 CD Wake The Nightingale will be available at a discounted price, along with copies of her other albums and her book of poetry, Every Little Thing.

A Special Tribute to Rosemary Phelan takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. just east of Warden Ave. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 in advance. For this show, those wanting to celebrate Phelan’s life and music who are short on money are welcome to pay what they can. Anyone who can’t afford an album is invited to discuss options with LaPrade at the show.



The Orpheus Choir is returning to Beach United Church for a performance on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.

Orpheus Choir
Orpheus Choir

The 60-voice choir, conducted by artistic director Robert Cooper and accompanied by organist Edward Moroney, will perform a program called Bach: Uncovered. Beach organist Patrick Dewell will also perform solo Bach works on the church’s impressive Guilbault-Therien organ.

Tickets for Bach: Uncovered are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, available through the church office or online.



Greg Pilo’s weekly jazz nights continue at the Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. From 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, check out the best players in town with no cover charge. Pilo, on drums, rotates a different four-piece every week.

Greg Pilo
Greg Pilo

Tonight, Feb. 9, Pilo will be joined by Shawn Nyquist on saxophone, Reg Schwager on guitar and Jeff Macleod on organ. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Ryan Oliver will cover saxophone, Lorne Lofsky is on guitar and Bernie Senensky will play the organ. PJ Perry will be on saxophone on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with Schwager on guitar and Neil Swainson on bass.



The Porch Dog Choir will provide a soundtrack to the long weekend from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Salty Dog. The four-piece band of veteran musicians covers a wide range of genres, touching on rock, country, blues, jazz and more.



Overjoy presents an evening of jazz, pop and soul featuring Beach vocalist Carin Redman, along with fellow singers Thyron Lee Whyte, Yvette Tollar, and Mandy Lagan. They will be backed by Mark Kieswetter, piano, Ross Macintyre, bass, Carlos Lopes, guitar, and Ben Riley, drums.

Carin Redman
Carin Redman

Admission is pay-what-you-can, and reservations are recommended. The show will run from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 at Overjoy, 884 Queen St. E. near Logan Avenue.

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